We pride ourselves in building homes designed by impressive architects in great locations. Creating strong communities is a priority.
As a charitable housing association, a portion of what we make goes back into providing homes or care and support services for vulnerable people in London and Hertfordshire. It’s good to know that, buying your home with Origin can have a positive impact on someone else’s life.
We are a multi-award winning organisation, with over 100 years' experience in developing high quality and affordable homes across Central and North London and Hertfordshire.
Our sales team have decades of combined experience between us and understand that buying or selling a home can be daunting, especially if you are a first time buyer. That's why we will be with you each step of your journey to avoid any confusion and to help you with the process from start to finish.
We are a tight-knit and skilled team of sales and marketing staff with combined decades of experience specialising in the affordable housing industry. We are perfectly equipped to help you find your perfect home and guide you throughout the process.
Today, we give buyers an opportunity to buy properties through shared ownership and intermediate rent schemes and are developing our growing portfolio of private sale homes.
Our passion is shared ownership and helping first-time buyers through the buying process and finding people their perfect home at an affordable price.
Operating in North London and Hertfordshire, areas that are becoming more unaffordable, we make owning a home there a reality!
We pride ourselves in investing in cutting edge architecture and work closely with world renowned architects and designers. We are currently rolling out our largest development programme to date and are creating more new homes than ever before.
If you've got a query, please feel free to contact our sales team. A member will be able to guide you through the process and direct you to a property that will perfectly fit your needs.
We happen to think each and every one of you deserves a home of your own - no matter what your circumstance. We want to provide people with a great place to live which is safe and create strong communities. We want to do this whilst remaining positive and approachable and build great relationships.
To us, you aren’t just a number to meet our sales targets, you are an individual first time buyer, trying to get on the ladder, or are relocating due to a change in circumstance. It’s our mission to find you a home that you love - so go on, let us you find you your perfect home
We collaborate with likeminded companies to help you with different stages of your journey. Together we share the same goal of providing a smooth journey for yourself as a first-time buyer. From building the home to getting your mortgage offer, we will be at your side.
Reputable partners including Investors in People and Healthy Workplace also commend our work practices and us. We consistently strive to provide a happy and safe environment for our staff and residents.
Emma had been renting in London for nearly eight years. She had been living in Camden in a one-bedroom flat for two years, but the price of renting for the size of property she had just didn’t seem like good value.
“I had been renting for 7 years and was looking for more affordable options as my tiny rented flat in Camden was very expensive. I have lived in a few different places around London, but Camden is definitely my favourite and it’s close to where I work so staying nearby was always the dream, but didn’t seem possible. I was starting to look at different buying options, when my friend tagged me in a post about the property on Facebook. I only knew a little bit about shared ownership but I was shocked there was such an affordable option available to me, in such a central location, so close to where I was living already.”
Wanting to find out more, Emma got in touch with Origin. She was unable to attend the sales open day, so Origin offered her a private viewing instead. “Origin were great and happily showed me round on my own, they were incredibly accommodating when I said I couldn’t make the open day which was a massive relief. I was worried I might miss out as there was obviously a lot of interest in the property.”
Emma wasn’t sure what to expect from the property, or the process, as she didn’t know much about shared ownership but said: “When I looked round, I couldn’t believe how spacious it was and that there was a private balcony. I brought my parents with me as they wanted to make sure I was making the right decision and that it wasn’t too good to be true.” When asked what convinced her it was the right option for her, she said: “It was a no brainer really. It was affordable and I’m able to have my own place. The flat is huge compared to what I was renting before, and my monthly outgoings are less.”
“I would 100% recommend Shared Ownership to anyone looking to buy. The process is really easy and as I was buying on my own, it was the only way for me to get on the property ladder in central London.”
“Getting together the deposit to get back onto the property ladder would have been virtually impossible without shared ownership.”
Emma, a Chartered Surveyor and mum to two teenagers, bought a 30% share in a 3 bedroom house at our Oakwalk development in Bushey, Hertfordshire. She comments: 'For me, the biggest challenge was finding a home I could afford in the right area. I needed to be in Hertfordshire - I have family close by in Bushey and Watford, and it was essential for me to be near to my father, who suffers from health issues and I visit most days.”
It is a common misconception that shared ownership is solely for first time buyers, in fact, the scheme is open to any eligible buyer who does not currently own a property. Emma explains:
“I had been a home owner in the past, but I had been renting for nearly 6 years; securing a mortgage wasn’t the issue, however, as a single parent, getting together the large deposit required to get back onto the property ladder would have been virtually impossible without shared ownership. The scheme has allowed me to buy my own home with a manageable deposit of just 5% of the share I purchased – a fraction of what I would need on the open market.
I knew about shared ownership through my job as a Chartered Surveyor. I registered with my local Help-to-Buy agent, and I was looking for some time before a home in the right location came up. Then I found this development, which launched with Origin Housing earlier this year.
Origin were very easy to deal with – they kept me fully informed throughout the process, and were always contactable, even when there were some unforeseen delays in the build programme. I moved in in October, and it’s extremely quiet and peaceful here – the properties are surrounded by fields, but are still really well connected, moments form the A1 but also within walking distance of Bushey. Our new home has 3 bedrooms plus a study, and is spread over 3 floors – plenty of space for our family.'